As we reported earlier, former Wizards coach Dave Joerger is said to be the new Memphis Grizzlies head coach.
Joerger coached 9 seasons with the Dakota Wizards, 5 as head coach.
This call up for Joerger is the promotion he's been waiting for.
Tia Streeter-KX Sports: Ask anyone familiar with Dave Joerger, and the word they use to describe him, is driven. After growing up in Staples Minnesota, and attending college at Moorhead State, Joerger got his first major coaching job as an assistant with the Dakota Wizards in 1997. Former Wizards owner Bill Sorenson was there at the beginning.
Bill Sorenson-Former Wizards Owner: he cared about his players he cared about the organization he worked really hard we were concerned because he was so young that we might be doing him a disservice to him but he managed to have the respect of everyone from the very beginning, so its nice to see him get to where he is today
Jason Horner-Former roommate, Legacy High School Coach: I don't think when he first started out that he was that much different than he is now, he's open to new things and passionate about what he does and very knowledgeable and he's a workhorse.
Tia Streeter-KX Sports: Joerger was incredibly successful while in Bismarck, he won one IBA title, two CBA titles and a D League title. He also won a CBA championship with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Joerger had 18 players called up to the NBA a big number which showed just how much talent he has for developing players. In 2007 the NBA called and he became an assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jason Horner-Former roommate, Legacy High School Coach: We talked about he wanted to be an NBA head coach and the one thing about that is we knew it was a long shot when you're in Bismarck and a coach for the Dakota Wizards but a guy like that I had no doubts that he was going to get there.
Bill Sorenson-Former Wizards Owner: That was his goal all along from the time that he was here that was his goal and so he's been driven and worked hard to get here so he's done it in a classy and proven himself all along and deserves to have this position.
Tia Streeter-KX Sports: Back in 2007, when Joerger joined the Grizzlies, he said it was tough to leave
Dave Joerger-File Video-2007:I didn't pick Bismarck, somehow God decided that I would get to spend a whole lot of years here I don't know why but I was very blessed to be here and I'll always consider myself a Wizard
Joerger can't comment to the media until the deal is signed and official.
SB Nation.com is reporting Joerger's deal to be three years at a little less than 2 million dollars a season.
The Grizzlies have yet to report the deal is final however.
Joerger will quickly jump into being the head coach, Thursday night in the NBA draft.
The Grizzlies have 3 second round picks.
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